Loving father and devoted husband, James Frederick Foye is now at peace after a valiant battle with symptoms related to a neurological disease. Jim was 78 years young and passed too soon from a disease that afflicted his body, but not his spirit. Jim was born in Chicago, IL and was the first-born child of Ann & Frederick Foye. Jim’s family moved to Weymouth, MA where his brothers Tom, Paul, Rick and sister Margaret “Peggy” where born. Jim’s work ethic started at very young age by delivering newspapers, working at a donut shop and as a golf caddie to help his family during the depression.
Jim joined the Air Force at the tender age of 18 and continued to send money back to his family. Jim was stationed in Athens, Greece when he met and married Helen “Nitsa” only after 6 months of knowing each other. They remained together in adventures and marriage for 56 years at the time of his passing. Jim remained in the Air Force for over 8 years and was in combat during the Vietnam War. Jim and Helen moved stateside to Massachusetts, where their son Chris was born. They then moved to California, had a daughter, Denise, and moved to the Bay Area. After an honorable discharge from the Air Force, Jim became an airplane instructor at San Mateo College. Jim wrote and published the very first Aeronautics dictionary to help students learn the complexities of airplanes. Jim’s passion to learn and teach others continued throughout his career. He ultimately retired from Lawrence Livermore Lab only recently.
Jim was lovingly called, “Mr. Fix It Man” and “The Answer Man”. Not only could he could fix anything that came in his path, even if there were the inevitable “extra” parts left over, Dad was a walking encyclopedia and could hold conversations on just about any topic. Jim liked to keep active and loved biking to work, during a lunch break and on the weekends. Jim was a family man and enjoyed taking his family on trips to the lake for fishing, boating, and camping. Jim enjoyed traveling with Helen and had many adventures in places like Italy, France, South America, and travelled back to Greece several times to visit family and friends. Jim was an amazing Grandparent to Demitri, Brandon and Lythia. His patience and understanding was amplified when he was around them, and always made time for his grandchildren. He especially liked going with the grandchildren to Pinecrest Lake during the summer to spend a day on the lake rowing the boat, fishing and camping.
Jim will be laid to rest at the Veteran’s National Cemetery in Dixon on Friday, July 26th at 11:00 am.
In his final days, Jim was in the care of the Bruns House in Alamo. Our family is eternality grateful to all the doctors, nurses, nurses aides, social workers, volunteers and all others for the loving care they gave to Jim and us during this difficult time. If it so moves you, please make a donation to the Bruns House so that they can continue to offer such wonderful care of loved ones. Our family wishes to thank all who supported and loved Jim not only in the time of need, but always. We are comforted by knowing he had such wonderful friends and family.
The biggest gift Jim gave to his family was his deep Catholic Faith and his forgiving and generous nature. Jim forever lives in our hearts and although we miss him dearly, we are comforted knowing he has eternal life and is in the care of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Callaghan Mortuary is honored to be serving the Foye family. An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.callaghanmortuary.com.